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How Do The Different Coronavirus Home Test Kits Work And When Should I Take One?

With the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown and increased social distancing measures in place, how can you keep you and your loved ones safe? 

Read on to find out more about the different Coronavirus home test kits available and how Evergene home testing kits can help you take control of your health today. 

Simon Thomas

April 2020 - 3 Minute Read

Coronavirus Anti-Body Blood Test

The Coronavirus IgG/IgM test has only recently been made available to the UK, however the technology and expertise behind it is the same that has been used for years. Now that the NHS has approved the tests they can be offered to the public. The test detects the presence of antibodies specific to the coronavirus within a blood sample. If these antibodies are detected this indicates that the test subject has previously contracted the virus and beaten it. 

This test is highly accurate and can be taken by anyone to determine if they have previously contracted the Covid-19 virus. The advice is that these tests should be taken people regardless of if they have previously shown symptoms or not. Increased testing will provide a better understanding of the spread of virus and it will enable hospitals to use their equipment and supplies more efficiently.

For people who have shown symptoms, for improved accuracy, they should take this test 14 days after first showing symptoms, allowing the body to develop sufficient antibodies.

Coronavirus PCR Swab Test

The Covid-19 Nasal Swab or the ‘Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction’ test (RT-PCR) targets a specific segment of the virus’ genetic material to detect Covid-19. RT-PCR works by making thousands of copies of this genetic material to accurately assess if the virus is present. This test only detects the virus while the person is infected and does not test for the presence of coronavirus antibodies showing that the virus has been beaten.


Therefore, this test should be taken by symptomatic individuals and/or household members, especially in instances where Essential Workers could be isolating unnecessarily without knowing whether they have actually contracted the disease. This test is more intrusive than the antibody blood test and will require an experienced health care professional to administer it accurately and therefore Evergene do not supply these to be taken at home.

How Evergene Works

In four simple steps, working with their NHS accredited laboratory partners, Evergene will provide you everything you need to complete the test from the safety of your home.


All POSITIVE results will be reported to Public Health England every morning so that they are tracked and included in the country’s fight against the virus.


Order your test online. We will then send your kit and it will arrive next working day through your letterbox.


Everything you need will be in your kit. When you're done, use the free-post envelope and pop it in a Postbox. 


Your sample is tested in one of our NHS accredited laboratories.


Your easy-to-read results are reviewed by a qualified clinical healthcare professional and are emailed in a few short days.

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All of our tests are carried out to the highest standards in laboratories used by the NHS

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